Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rendon or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
33 of 59 experts
44%
Recommended by
26 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 27
Best Rank# 19# 19
Worst Rank# 119# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 41
Best Rank# 29# 39
Worst Rank# 36# 45
   
Projections 
   
Runs8587
Home Runs1424
RBI6593
Stolen Bases345
Batting Average.287.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 30
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 26
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 41
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 52
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 31
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 56
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 27
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 28
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 26
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 42
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 25
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 31
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 31
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 27
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 39
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 41
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 41
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 37
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 29
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 33
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 32
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 31
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 27
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 29
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 19
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 21
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 22
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 22
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 22
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 22
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 23
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 23
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 25
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 25
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 26
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 26
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 26
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 26
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 26
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 26
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 27
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 28
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 29
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 30
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 30
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 31
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 42
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 45
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632529
   
Runs8888
   
Hits192163
   
Singles13493
   
Doubles4344
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1224
   
RBI6092
   
Stolen Bases452
   
Caught Stealing101
   
Walks6155
   
Strikeouts11482
   
Batting Average.304.308
   
On Base Pct.367.374
   
Slugging Pct.438.535
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.909
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596544
   
Runs8587
   
Hits171160
   
Singles11695
   
Doubles3840
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1424
   
RBI6593
   
Stolen Bases345
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks4765
   
Strikeouts10490
   
Batting Average.287.294
   
On Base Pct.339.370
   
Slugging Pct.432.506
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.876
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
News 
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The homer was his 34th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 17th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored, and two walks in Thursday's win over the Twins. The homer was his 33rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Twins.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 12th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Braves.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 14-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, two runs scored, and a walk in Sunday's win over the Marlins. The homer was his 32nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Rendon was the only third baseman to hit over .300 last season, and one of four third baseman to accomplish that feat in 2017. He's as good a bet for batting average as it gets at the position, and is also fully capable of delivering 25 home runs with good run and RBI totals. His stolen base totals have evaporated over the last couple years, but that shouldn't prevent him from again being a top-40 overall hitter in standard roto and categories leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Diminishing speed and non-elite power make Rendon boring, but he's still a tremendous hitter who has batted above .300 and slugged over .500 in each of the last two seasons. After missing time with a bruised toe earlier in 2018, he posted a .391 wOBA (a mark matched by Jose Ramirez and Nolan Arenado all season) since the start of June. Stealing twice in three tries is a major bummer, but don't underestimate the worth of a .300, 25-homer hitter who could offer 90-100 runs and RBI apiece in the heart of Washington's lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros